National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Stillwater

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The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum and hall of fame for amateur wrestling, headquartered in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2010, it began operating the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa.
The museum was awarded to Stillwater in 1972 by a decision of the United States Wrestling Federation, which chose Stillwater over a competing bid from Waterloo, Iowa. The museum opened on September 11, 1976.
In 2010, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame absorbed the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, previously operated by the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum. That museum had opened in 1998 in Newton, Iowa, and moved to Waterloo in 2006.
The museum operates by private donations and state funding. Six people from Oklahoma formed the Hall of Fame corporation: Myron Roderick, Dr. Melvin D. Jones, Ralph Ball, Robert L. McCormick, Bill Aufleger, and Veldo Brewer. Oklahoma State University, through its then-president, Dr. Robert B. Kamm, provided land - at no cost - with a 99-year renewable lease.
In May 2016, the NWHOF voted to revoke all honors given to Dennis Hastert after his conviction, the first time the Hall of Fame has ever punished a now-former inductee.
The Stillwater museum contains the John Vaughan Hall of Honors, the Paul K. Scott Museum of Wrestling History, the Cliff Keen Theater, the Hein Library, and a variety of educational outreach exhibits.
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  • The attraction is located on the campus of Oklahoma State University. Parking is free (you get a token when you pay your admission). NOTE: When I visited and tried to leave the parking lot, the gate.....  more »
  • This newly renovated building was fascinating. Wrestlers who had been previously inducted were arranged and easy to find. The induction of our former wrestling coach was very impressive. We spent a...  more »
  • Awesome place if you are at all into Wresting. Beautiful building very interesting place
  • Interactive and very informative. Great place would definitely recommend

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